Australia took control of the second Test against India in Bengaluru after Nathan Lyon (8/50) helped them bowl the hosts out for 189. Australia were at 40/0 in their first innings in response. This was after India won the toss and opted to bat on what looked like a good pitch to bat on.
Australia had named an unchanged XI for the Bengaluru Test, and why not? The visitors were exceptional in all three aspects of the game – batting, bowling and fielding – in Pune during the first Test. India announced two changes at the toss – Abhinav Mukund is in for Murali Vijay, who has injured himself, while Karun Nair comes in for Jayant Yadav.
That’s the end of our live blog for day one. Join us again at 9 am on Sunday for day two.
4.35 pm: At stumps, Australia have done really well to remain wicketless at 40/0 on Day 1.
4.05 pm: Australia 22/0 in 7 overs. Ashwin gets the ball in the sixth over of the innings and has two big shouts for LBW turned down. Thankfully for India, Virat Kohli does not decide to review. In the very next over, Warner edges Ishant towards gully, where Rahane dives to his left, but spills the chance! A brilliant last half hour of play beckons. Chuck whatever you’re doing!
3.50 pm: Australia 17/0 in 4 overs. Virat Kohli gives the new ball to Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, who fail to trouble the Australian openers on this pitch, which is now keeping low to the fast bowlers. Won’t be long before the spinners are brought in.
3.30 pm: Australia CAN win this series. Yeah, I said it!
3.20 pm: India 189 all out! KL Rahul’s resistance comes to an end finally as he top-edges Lyon to give mid-off an easy catch. The very next ball, Ishant Sharma edges to forward short-leg to give Lyon his career-best figures of 8/50. NOIIICE GARYYY!
3.10 pm: OUT! India 188/8. Ravindra Jadeja is out after a rather controversial DRS review. Lyon’s delivery hit him on the pad and the Aussies went up. Umpire said not out. The Aussies reviewed. Front-on spin vision showed the bat and pad being quite close when the ball hit and the television umpire reckoned it was bat-pad after a lot of deliberation. However, the ball went to Smith at slip after hitting Jadeja’s bat/pad and he was, thus, given out caught.
Anyway, Lyon has his sixth. This is getting embarrassing for India. Needless to say:
2.55 pm: OUT! India 178/7. Nathan Lyon gets his fifth, which unfortunately means everyone on air has to listen to Sunny Gavaskar saying, “He’s got a Michelle Pfeiffer!” for the umpteenth time. W Saha edges Lyon to the slips where skipper Smith takes a simple catch. Rahul is running out of partners.
2.40 pm: OUT! India 174/6. Lyon gets his fourth, as Ashwin gloves the offie to backward short-leg. And what do you know! David Warner holds on to a catch!
India’s slide continues. Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman.
2.10 pm: India 168/5 at tea on Day 1. Australia will be thrilled with what they’ve managed after losing the toss. Rahul is unbeaten on 79, but the rest of the Indian batsmen have been extremely poor. The Chinnaswamy pitch has already started to show uneven turn and bounce. If someone can stick around with Rahul and get India as close to 300 as possible, this could just turn out to be an interesting Test match.
2.05 pm: OUT! India 156/5 in 57.2 overs. Oh, no! Karun Nair, what have you done! After batting so well for 39 balls, he comes down the track to Steve O’Keefe and gets stumped. Five minutes to go for tea and that’s another inexcusable dismissal for India. This innings could be over before stumps today. Nair gone for 26.
O’Keefe is also getting some serious turn and bounce off this wicket, which looks like a pavement with its cracks. Did they just pull a fast one on everyone by calling it a sporting wicket? The 450 par score just fell to 250.
1.55 pm: India 142/4 in 55 overs. India have gone half an hour without losing a wicket, which is a superb achievement in the context of things. Karun Nair has come in and looked extremely comfortable, both against spin and pace. Makes you wonder – were the other Indian batsmen batting on a different pitch or facing different bowlers?
1.25 pm: OUT! India 118/4 in 47.3 overs. The wheels are coming off! Rahane comes down the track to Lyon to release the pressure, misses and is stumped. Wade fumbled but Rahane was too far down the crease to make it back in time. But Indian fans should still keep calm. The next batsman in, Karun Nair, has an average better than Sir Don Bradman.
1.10 pm: At drinks in the second session, India have reached 107/3. Unless they lose their seven remaining wickets without scoring a run, they would have done better than Pune. #brightside
12.50 pm: Virat Kohli is one more ridiculous dismissal away from becoming an internet meme. Meanwhile, Nathan ‘Gary’ Lyon is bowling beautifully. Almost has Rahane trapped leg-before and then caught at forward short-leg off consecutive deliveries.
12.35 pm: Horror! Absolute horror! Virat Kohli leaves Lyon’s delivery that pitched just outside off and was crashing into middle-and-leg if not for his legs. The umpire obviously gives it out. Kohli consults Rahul, who isn’t sure, and India go for the review. But Kohli was walking off even before ball tracking became available, which begs the question – why did he review?!
That’s the second time in this series that Kohli has shouldered arms to a delivery that should not have been left. Huge blow to India. 89/3 in 34 overs.
12.30 pm: KL Rahul gets to his fifty with a single. He’s looked shaky and almost threw his wicket away at least a couple of times. He was dropped on 30 by Handscomb of all people. Only he knows how he has survived 105 deliveries so far. India 84/2 in 33 overs.
12.20 pm: We’re back after lunch and Matthew Hayden has just made everyone watching this telecast hungry by describing what he and Michael Clarke had for lunch. Chapatis, yellow daal, bhindi, butter chicken and yogurt. Yup.
11.30 am: Lyon gets the breakthrough at the stroke of lunch as Pujara gives an easy catch to forward short leg. Lots of turn and bounce for Lyon, but Pujara could definitely have done better. He was caught halfway between playing on the front-foot and back-foot. He’s gone after labouring to 17 off 66 balls. India 72/2 in 27.5 overs at lunch.
11.15 am: Rahul goes through a few nervy moments against Starc and Nathan Lyon, who has just been brought in and getting some good turn. Rahul has played brilliantly for his 43 and, 15 minutes before lunch, goes for a reverse sweep off Lyon, misses and gets smacked on the helmet. That should wake him up.
11 am: India’s 50 comes up in the 20th over of the innings. The run-rate has slightly picked up in the last five overs as we enter the last 30 minutes before lunch. India can, however, expect another short burst from Mitchell Starc before lunch. It’s 52/1 in 21 overs.
10.45 am: Would you believe it! Peter Handscomb, who was so great in close catching in Pune, has put down Rahul at silly mid-off. It was a difficult chance, with Rahul driving the ball hard and low at him, but Handscomb has spoilt us it would seem. At the other end, Pujara gets his first boundary by flicking a leg-straying delivery from Hazlewood to the fine-leg fence.
10.30 am: At drinks in the first session, India have crawled to 29/1 in 14 overs. Pujara has scored just two runs off 27 deliveries, while Rahul is on 25 off 49. Starc, who has been Australia’s best bowler, has figures of 5-2-13-1.
10.20 am: It takes only seven overs for Steven Smith to turn to his Man of the Match from Pune, Steve O’Keefe, as the runs begin to dry up for India. Australia have bowled really well on a wicket that has nothing for the bowlers. O’Keefe continues to pitch it up to the Indian batsmen even though he isn’t getting much help off the surface. Indians looking tentative.
10.10 am: Cheteshwar Pujara has had a quiet start, still to get off the mark after facing 10 deliveries. Rahul, meanwhile, has looked quite comfortable, even against Starc’s menacing pace, line and length. He has also scored all but one of India’s runs so far. India 18/1 in 7 overs.
9.50 am: Abhinav Mukund’s comeback to team India does not last long as he misses a straight and full delivery from Starc that crashes into his pads. The umpire has no hesitation raising his finger. That was plumb, and thankfully India do not review. India 11/1 in 2.5 overs.
9.40 am: Left-hander Abhinav Mukund, at the other end, has a watchful start against Josh Hazlewood. The Tamil Nadu opener is playing for India after missing 56 Tests, as Star Sports remind us. The last he played was in England 2011. Kanishkaa Balachandran spoke to him when he was picked in the squad ahead of the series. Here’s what he said.
9.35 am: Mitchell Starc begins proceedings for Australia. The Bengaluru pitch gives a trailer of what’s in store over the next three days as KL Rahul cracks a couple of delightful boundaries through the covers in the over. India off to a positive start. 10/0 in 1 over.
Meanwhile, two pundits have differing views on India’s team selection for this match:
9.20 am: While we wait for play to begin, check out our preview, penned by Chetan Narula, who writes that “Bengaluru provides the first chance to see how a cornered Virat Kohli”. reacts. Anand Sachar has a warning for Australia: “Virat Kohli’s rare failure in Pune may have re-awakened the run-making monster”. However, our own Ashish Magotra writes that “Kohli’s words since Pune defeat show intent but now it’s time to walk the talk”.
9.10 am: Here are the two playing XIs in Bengaluru:
9 am: India have won the toss and, unsurprisingly, are batting first in Bengaluru. This looks like a superb pitch to bat on. Virat Kohli said it looks like “a typical Bangalore pitch”. Two changes for India: Abhinav Mukund is in for Murali Vijay, who has injured himself, while Karun Nair comes in for Jayant Yadav.
8.55 am: The pitch in Bengaluru, which was built up as the protagonist after what happened in Pune, looks like a good deck to bat on in the first couple of days. If you win the toss, bat first without a doubt.